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With school out, activities abound
By LISA BRITTON
For the Baker City Herald
Swimming, skiing, dancing, story time and art — these activities await Baker County youth this spring break.
Here’s a look at the offerings next week, March 26-30.
Stories, Kindermusik and movies
The Baker County Library is offering three different activities during spring break.
Story time and crafts will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The theme is “Dream Big — Bring on the sun” and participants will make their own stained-glass windows. Space is limited, so those planning to attend are asked to RSVP at the library, or by calling 541-523-6419.
Tuesday and Wednesday will feature a free introduction to Kindermusik with Miss Kristin from 11 a.m. to noon. Tuesday is for ages 3 and younger, and Wednesday is designed for ages 4 to 8. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Again, RSVP to the library.
The third offering is movies for kids, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each day of spring break plus Friday, March 23. The actual titles cannot be published, but the library can offer a description of each:
• March 23: Voiced by Antonio Banderas, the dauntless feline of legend goes on an animated adventure to purloin a priceless golden-egg-laying goose.
• March 26: Elijah Wood returns as the voice of Mumble, the tap-dancing penguin who can’t carry a tune, in this 3D sequel to the hit animated musical.
• March 27: When Kermit the Frog and the Muppets learn that their beloved theater is slated for demolition, a sympathetic human, Gary, and his puppet roommate, Walter, swoop in to help the gang put on a show and raise the $10 million they need to save the day.
• March 28: In this live-action adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s children’s book, Jim Carrey takes on the role of Mr. Popper, a businessman who inherits a small flock of penguins and must transform his Manhattan apartment into an arctic habitat.
• March 29: When his father dies, 12-year-old orphan Hugo takes up residence behind the walls of a Parisian train station. There, he meets Isabelle, the daughter of filmmaker Georges Méliès, who holds the key to Hugo’s destiny.
• March 30: Filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson team up for this 3-D motion capture adaptation of Georges Remi’s classic comic strip, centered around the adventures of fearless young journalist Tintin (Jamie Bell) and his trusty dog, Snowy.
Crossroads Carnegie Art Center is offering two special classes during spring break. To register, call 541-523-5369, or stop by the center at 2020 Auburn Ave. The classes are:
• “Bugs and Beasties” — 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. This is for ages 8 and older.
Lynne Proudfoot is the instructor, and will teach students how to make creepy, crawly bugs and beasties, giant spiders, snakes or preying mantises using paper and glue.
Cost is $30 for members, $35 for nonmembers, or $10 per day for drop-ins.
• “Bookworms and Bookends” — 10 a.m. to noon, March 27, 28 and 29.
Tina Ota will lead this workshop and help students make bookends that feature their favorite literary character. Please bring a favorite book to inspire the creation, made out of clay.
Cost is $40 for members or $45 for nonmembers. (Prices include all clay, glaze and firing costs.)
Swimming, a day camp, a sleepover
The Baker YMCA will have open swim from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day of spring break, plus evening swims from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost is $2.
The Y’s spring break day camp is “Mystery, Suspense and Science.” It runs Monday through Friday at the Y Zone. Children can be dropped off between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., and picked up anytime before 6 p.m. Also, campers will go swimming on Tuesday and Thursday. Lunch is provided on all days.
The cost for members is $75 for the week or $20 per day. For nonmembers the price is $115 or $30 per day.
The Y is also planning a “Kids Night Out” sleepover at the Y Zone Friday, March 30, for kids ages 6 to 12.
Youth can bring a pillow, sleeping bag, pajamas and snack to share. Breakfast will be provided.
Cost is $10 for Y members or $15 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required.
Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort will be open Wednesday, March 28, through Sunday, April 1. (During April, the ski area will be open only Saturdays and Sundays, through April 15, the season’s final day.)
On Fridays in March, adult lift tickets are two for $50, or two for $20 at the Nordic Center. Also, on Sundays season pass holders can get a half-price ticket for a guest.
For information, visit the website www.anthonylakes.com or call 541-856-3277.
Programs are offered all week at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, and youngsters can also try their hand at being a pioneer at the interactive exhibit “Pack Your Wagon: Critters, Costumes and Curiosity.”
Saturday, March 24, is a free admission day for everyone. Regular admission is free for those 15 and younger, or $5 for adults.
• March 24: “Campfire Conversations” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• March 27: “Equine or Bovine?” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
• March 28: “Campfire Conversations”
• March 29: “Women on the Oregon Trail” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. This is scheduled again at the same times on March 31.
For more information, call the center at 541-523-1843.